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2019 July Festival meeting tips - Race-by-race selections for day one of Newmarket's summer feature

The July Festival meeting gets underway on Thursday at Newmarket

Brian Healy looks ahead to Thursday's first day of racing at Newmarket as the July Festival gets underway, and he gives his race-by-race tips for a classy day one racecard.

Thursday sees the opening day of the 2019 July Festival meeting go to post at Newmarket, and a classy seven-race card gets underway on the July Course from 1.50pm.

Featuring two Group Two contests on a top quality racecard, the best of the action from Flat HQ will be televised as part of Thursday’s ITV Racing coverage of day one where four races will be shown live.

1:50 - Bahrain Trophy Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m5f
2:25 - Tattersalls July Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
3:00 - bet365 Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f
3:35 - Princess Of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
4:05 - British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl2 (2yo) 6f 
4:40 - Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m
5:10 - John Deere & Ben Burgess Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again with their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action from Newmarket, and Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections on the opening day of the summer feature fixture.

1:50 - Bahrain Trophy Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo) 1m5f


EAGLES BY DAY (9/4, Bet365) was impressive on her second start of the new campaign, running out a seven lengths’ winner over Kiefer at Salisbury, and Michael Bell’s Sea The Stars colt ran better than the bare result despite perhaps not acting on the soft ground at Lingfield in the Derby Trial behind Anthony Van Dyck on his next outing.

He could only finish sixth in that Listed contest, but he subsequently found another jolt of improvement to go down fighting by five lengths in the King Edward VII Stakes behind Japan where he eventually finished third of eight runners.

He might have snatched second in another few strides, and while ultimately no match for the winner he sets the standard on that form. A repeat of that effort ought to be good enough to see him get back on the winning trail with the extra furlong likely to suit.


2:25 - Tattersalls July Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 6f


GUILDSMAN (7/2, William Hill) lost no caste in defeat when finishing a close third behind Arizona in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, and Archie Watson’s charge can quickly regain the winning trend here.

The Wootton Bassett colt looked a potentially smart sort when romping to a six lengths’ defeat of Dark Kris on his debut at Goodwood last month, and while he took a little time to hit top gear at Ascot latest, he posted a highly creditable effort despite just being unable to match the front pair.

With his debut win coming on softer ground, there is a slight concern that this quicker ground may not entirely suit, and despite his close third on good ground at Ascot he took a little while to find his best stride and may prove better with some cut in the ground.

Nevertheless, it was another eyecatching performance despite meeting with defeat, and if the ground doesn’t prove an inconvenience then he ought to go close here.

3:00 - bet365 Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 6f


Lightly-raced MAGICAL WISH (13/2, Coral) could be worth chancing to get back on track having made the frame in all but one of his starts to date this term.

A Lingfield winner in April, he wasn’t beaten far behind Space Blues at York when contesting a competitive handicap contest, finishing sixth and crossing the line around five lengths behind the easy winner.

The Heeraat colt has since finished a close third back at the Knavesmire behind Recon Mission, and he found only one too good behind Make A Wish at Sandown latest where he was denied by a neck.

He mounted a strong challenge throughout the last furlong, but he was just unable to get past the gutsy winner who held on well for the win. But racing off the same mark here as he drops back to six furlongs, he can bounce back to winning ways and no surprise to see him going close with Sylvestre De Sousa in the saddle. 

3:35 - Princess Of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f


MASAR (5/4, William Hill) made a pleasing return to action following more than one year off the track in the wake of his Epsom Derby heroics when finishing fifth of eight runners behind Defoe in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, and Charlie Appleby’s charge can build on that run to get back to winning ways.

A wide margin winner of the Craven Stakes last term, he outgunned the likes of Dee Ex Bee and Roaring Lion to win the colts’ Classis last term; but he was absent until returning at Ascot where plenty went wrong for the New Approach colt, and to finish where he did was a creditable performance.

Having stumbled badly leaving the stalls and almost unshipping James Doyle from the saddle, he got himself back into a challenging position despite having to race wide. 

Lack of a recent outing certainly told towards the end, but he should be a lot sharper now and if building on that performance then he could prove a tough nut to crack assuming this run doesn’t come too soon.


4:05 - British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl2 (2yo) 6f 


DAILY TIMES (3/1, Bet365) stepped up on a promising debut fourth here behind Visinari last month to get to within a neck of Wren at Kempton towards the end of June, and John Gosden’s charge can improve again to get off the mark at the third attempt.

The Gleneagles filly still looked in need of the experience on that second occasion, running around under pressure but keeping on well only to be caught close home by the winner with the pair clear of the rest.

He perhaps didn’t help himself by racing keenly throughout, but he showed enough speed to suggest the return to six furlongs needn’t be a concern and he can get his head in front now with  Frankie Dettori in the saddle for this assignment.

4:40 - Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo) 1m


TURGENEV (7/4, Paddy Power) has progressed with every run this term, finishing third to Cape Of Good Hope on his second start of the season at Epsom in the Listed Blue Riband Trial before posting a creditable fifth of eight runners behind Telecaster at York in the Dante.

John Gosden’s charge subsequently was beaten just over one length behind Biometric in the Britannia Stakes, and a repeat of that run could be good enough to see the Dubawi colt get back on the scoresheet.

A dual-winner last term, scoring successes at Newcastle and here on the Rowley Mile course, he rounded off last term by finishing seventh in the Vertem Futurity Trophy, and he probably needed his reappearance behind King Ottakar on his return at Newbury in April.

He can continue to find improvement despite having failed to win this term in four starts, and stepping back into Listed company from a handicap he can make his presence felt.


5:10 - John Deere & Ben Burgess Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-90) 1m


Lightly-raced WINGS OF TIME (4/1, Paddy Power) can get back to winning ways having possibly just needed his return to action here last month behind Cadre Du Noir, and the Invincible Spirit gelding can go one better.

Seventh behind Skardu on his debut last September, he was subsequently gelded in the interim before making his return at Wolverhampton in February where he ran out an impressive winner over Reggae Runner. 

The third horse home in that race has won twice since, and he overcame some trouble in running to score readily. He appeared to run in snatches on his reappearance, but he ought to be sharper for that run and he can do better this time around.

While the form may not be particularly strong, he is entitled to progress and he can give a good account with James Doyle taking over in the saddle for this run.

2019 JULY FESTIVAL MEETING - DAY ONE SELECTIONS


1:50 - EAGLES BY DAY (9/4, Bet365)

2:25 - GUILDSMAN (7/2, William Hill)

3:00 - MAGICAL WISH (13/2, Coral)

3:35 - MASAR (5/4, William Hill)

4:05 - DAILY TIMES (3/1, Bet365)

4:40 - TURGENEV (7/4, Paddy Power)

5:10 - WINGS OF TIME (4/1, Paddy Power)


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2019 July Festival meeting tips - Race-by-race selections for day one of Newmarket's summer feature

Brian Healy looks ahead to Thursday's first day of racing at Newmarket as the July Festival gets underway, and he gives his race-by-race tips for a classy day one racecard.

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